Featured Airport of the Week: LAX
Updated: Jun 21, 2018
This is one of many posts to come highlighting top travel routes and airports out of Nashville International Airport (BNA).
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fourth busiest airport in the world and is ever-changing and growing. With new developments including upgrading the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the airport is quickly modernizing and improving. It is a bustling airport with plenty to do and see while waiting for your next flight.
Food & Drink
LAX has the perfect mix of restaurants - chain and local; sit down and express; kid-friendly and adult-friendly. For those who haven't quite woken up for their early flight or need a pick-me-up, there are Peet's Coffees, Starbucks, and a Dunkin Donuts. Want a local taste of LA but aren't leaving the airport? Try The Larder at Tavern (TBIT) - a restaurant that serves gourmet dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. You also can't go wrong with some SoCal seafood at Slapfish, located in Terminal 2. Lemonade (Terminal 5) is perfect for those on a health kick and the Corona Bar (Terminal 8) is perfect for those who are not. All in all, you'll certainly find what you're looking for. You can find a full list of restaurants here.
First off, there's a MAC Cosmetics located in Terminal 6. Those who are a fan know that many local shopping malls don't even have a MAC. Along with the makeup brands, there is a Brookstone (Terminal 1), Coach (TBIT), Michael Kors (TBIT), Sunglass Hut (Terminal 4), and many other stores that dangerously increase your chance of getting on your next flight with a few new items. Travelers can still have the same luxurious Rodeo Drive experience without leaving the airport. You can find a full list of shops here.
LAX is partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to feature local artists in art exhibitions throughout the airport. Travelers will find any of these eleven exhibitions in Terminals 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Translation by Olga Lah in the TBIT is an installation of opened books that the artist uses to convey the idea of memories and how people choose to translate them. Gate Pass by Nicole Rademacher is a digital exhibition in Terminal 3 that is also open to the public. Only some exhibitions are permanent so be sure to check all of them out while you can!
Beyond the Airport
LAX is located in the heart of LA and for that reason, you must explore the city if you have a few hours between flights. For a classic LA experience, head to the In-N-Out in Westchester and watch the planes flying in-n-out of LAX. The Manhattan Beach Pier is a 10-minute ride from the airport where you can grab a picnic lunch and take in the views. Perfect for children is the Flight Path Learning Center And Museum located in the LAX Imperial Terminal (separate from the main airport). The museum depicts the history of the airport and customers gain access for free.
Insider Tip: LAX recently opened a VIP Terminal. The terminal is insanely luxurious, exclusive... and you guessed it, expensive!
Original post by Emily McMahon